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Chichen Itza

Will Owen | May 13, 2006 11:28 PM

I know there've been lots of reports about this and the other places at Mercado La Paloma, but it was our first visit and we were greatly pleased, to say the least. We hardly ever get down to those parts, but a trip to the Natural History Museum put us right there, so it woulda been a cerifiable sin to miss it...

I seem to be on a roll with Cochinita Pibil, ever since I was less than totally charmed with the rather expensive version at El Portal, which was tasty enough but awfully chewy and a tad dry. So far I think Tonny's is just about the best, and way cheap, but Chichen Itza's offering (just as cheap though a good bit smaller) might be better. The sauce was not all full of cooked tomatillo, but was thin and reddish, with a very good if different flavor, and there was a lot of cooked chopped red onion over all. I scooped most of my rice (white, with kernels of corn) into it and scooped it up with my tortillas - very good. The beans are black, and pretty decent, though not up to Tonny's. Tania got the Poc Chuc, which she'd never even heard of before today, and liked it a lot - thin slices of well-cooked meat with a basting of orange and herbs, pretty darned good. She also got what looked like a 50 gallon drum of freshly-made canteloupe drink from the Oaxacan juice'n'snacks bar for $2.50, a stunning bargain and really nice. Our food, with the tax, came out to $17.54, a reasonable hit I thought...

We also just had us a very nice Houndly time on the island of Kauai, one episode of which will be found on the Elsewhere Board, link posted below.


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